The broad aims of Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspections are to improve the quality and effectiveness of educational provision and the care and welfare of pupils. Inspection also provides objective and reliable reports on the quality of schools and, by placing reports in the public domain, makes the information available to parents, ISC Associations, government and the wider community. It helps schools, their staff and governors/proprietors to recognise and build on their strengths and to identify and remedy any weaknesses.

The Department for Education (DfE) requires all schools to be inspected and ISI inspections of independent schools are required to:

  • report to the DfE the extent to which Association schools comply with the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (referred to as the “regulatory requirements”)

  • where applicable, report to Ofsted on the quality of registered EYFS provision

  • where applicable, report to the DfE the extent to which schools meet their statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children for which the school provides accommodation (in practice, whether the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools (2015) are met).

  • help schools to improve and inform ISC Associations whether their member schools maintain the quality of provision expected

  • inform parents, pupils and the public of the quality of schools.

Ofsted inspections of state-funded schools are covered in a separate topic.

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